Dioceses of India
Total: 1
Jalandhar

Diocese of Jalandhar

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Rite: Latin
Region : North
Patron: Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Francis of Assisi
Founded: 17 January 1952
Province: Delhi
Status: Diocese
Total area: 51,120 Sq km
Total Population : 26,982,743
Catholics Total: 116,968
Diocesan Priests: 81
Religious Priests: 62
Religious Sisters: 619
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Bishop of the Diocese

Most Rev. Agnelo Rufino Gracias
Apostolic Administrator of Jalandhar
Personal Details
Born:30-Jul-1939
Priestly Ordination:21-Dec-1962
Episcopal Ordination:21-Mar-2001
Period:2018-Email(P): agnelorg@gmail.com
Contact Details
Bishop’s House, H. No. 175, Civil Lines (P.O.), Jalandhar City - 144 001 (Punjab)
Tel(O): 0181-22 23 987
Fax : 22 22 634,
Email : diojal5ab@gmail.com
Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal 
BISHOP OF JALANDHAR
Personal Details
Born:25-Mar-1964
Priestly Ordination:21-Apr-1990
Episcopal Ordination:21-Feb-2009
Period:2013-Email(P): francomulakkal@gmail.com
Contact Details
Bishop’s House, H. No. 175, Civil Lines (P.O.), Jalandhar City - 144 001 (Punjab)
Tel(O): 0181-22 23 987
Fax : 22 22 634,
Email : diojal5ab@gmail.com

Diocese of Jalandhar at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 106Retreat Centres: 02
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 13
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 05Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 15
Orphanages : 06Homes for Aged & Destitute : 03
Schools for Physically Challenged: 04Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 01HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 03Degree Colleges: 01
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 04
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 12High Schools : 75
Upper Primary Schools: 06Lower Primary Schools:20
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :46Presses & Media Centres : 05

History

The Diocese of Jalandhar comprises the civil districts of Amritsar, Faridkot, Ferozepore, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Moga, Muktsar and Nawanshahar, in Punjab and Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra and Una in Himachal Pradesh.

Until the Partition of India in 1947, this area was part of the Diocese of Lahore, looked after by the Capuchin Fathers of the Belgian province. On January 17, 1952, the Apostolic Prefecture of Jalandhar was created by the Apostolic Constitution "Inter Ceteras Curas" of Pope Pius XII. It was entrusted to the British Province of the Capuchins, and Msgr Francis Alban Swarbrick, ofm cap., was made the Prefect.

Pope Paul VI raised the Prefecture of Jalandhar to the status of a diocese on December 6, 1971, by the Apostolic Bull, "Ad Perpetuam Rei Memoriam", and Bp Symphorian Keeprath ofm cap., was appointed its First Bishop. Who served the diocese of Jalandhar for 34 years with great zeal.

Former Bishops

NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Anil Joseph Thomas CoutoBishop 2007- 2012